Denver Recycles, a program of the City & County of Denver Public Works Department Solid Waste Management, is only authorized to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and our own municipal facilites. Denver Recycles is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities. Visit our Hauler Licensing page for information on other trash/recycle/compost services in Denver.
Denver Recycles, a program of the City & County of Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Solid Waste Management, is only authorized to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and our own municipal facilities. Denver Recycles is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities. Please visit our Apartment and Multi-family Recycling page for information on trash/recycle/compost at these buildings.
Cardboard recycling steps:
NO! The recycling symbol on containers represents the general category of plastic that material is made from, but does not mean the container is recyclable. Plastics vary greatly by their resin types and how they are manufactured. There are also two common manufacturing processes: plastic bottles are “blow molded,” whereas, most plastic tubs are “injection molded.” As a result of the different resin types, the different manufacturing processes, and the different mixes of chemical additives, (dyes, plasticizers, UV inhibitors, softeners, adhesives and more) plastics melt at different temperatures, have different physical properties, and as such need to be recycled differently.
Once plastics are separated into their varying categories they must then be shipped to a recycler. The distance to these plastic markets can be large and the cost to ship certain types of plastic to distant processing facilities may simply be more expensive than the material’s value. Some markets are very limited and are overstocked with plastics for recycling. All of these parts of the recycling process can affect a city's ability to accept certain plastics.
The Denver Recycles program accepts food and beverage cartons. Please empty all liquids and food and remove straws (they are not accepted for recycling). Do not flatten cartons before recycling.
EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTED CARTONS:
MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED:
Denver Recycles asks residents to make sure that bottles, jars, pie tins, and other containers are empty before putting them in with your recycling. Containers do not need to be completely free of all food residue. Generally, a quick rinse is sufficient. Thicker food residue in containers, like peanut butter jars, might need a little more rinsing or even a wiping out of the food residue. As long as containers are empty and free of most food residue they are acceptable for recycling.
Conserves Natural Resources:
Lowers Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
Reduce Need for Landfills
Reduces Air & Groundwater Pollution
Creates Jobs and Reduces Disposal Costs: